A Stockport business was the first choice when it came to the Morning Show on London’s LBC Radio. The programme, hosted by Nick Ferrari, reported on the rising number of incidents that UK fire services are involved with when transferring morbidly obese people. Such incidents have doubled to over 1200 in 5 years.
Bariquins, who produce bariatric (obese) sized training mannequins weighing 25 stones/350lbs/159kgs, received the call to assist presenter Nick Ferrari. He wanted to illustrate the difficulties involved, via their web broadcast, by showing a Bariquin being transferred out of his studio.
Chris Jarratt, Managing Director of Bariquins, said “It was great to receive a request like this. LBC wanted a professional-looking mannequin befitting their brand value and came straight to Bariquins.”
Chris was interviewed on the show alongside Neal Pickersgill MBE of Technical Rescue Training UK Ltd. Neal is a retired fire fighter who provides bariatric casualty rescue training on behalf of Bariquins. After receiving instructions from Neal, he, Chris and 4 studio staff safely and quickly transferred the Bariquin out of the studio.
A single Bariquin weighs 25 stones (350lb or 159kg) yet one person can lift them -providing that it’s not assembled. Bariquins are designed for training emergency personnel, healthcare professionals and those in similar occupations to undertake the moving and handling of plus-size people safely, efficiently and with dignity.
Bariquins are based at the Stockport Business & Innovation Centre. Details of the broadcast can be seen on LBC website.